Jill Tanner RN, MSN, APRN
Jill Tanner is an Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Jill received her graduate degree from Quinnipiac University. She has over 12 years of healthcare experience and has practiced in various areas of medicine, including medical weight loss. She is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.
She is committed to providing care and educating patients that struggle with their weight, giving them an opportunity to improve their quality of life and regain their health.
Jill currently lives in Trumbull with her husband Shawn and their dog. She enjoys hiking, reading, bike riding and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Salinger, PA-C
Jennifer Salinger, PA-C, completed both her bachelor’s of science and master’s of health science at Quinnipiac University. Upon completing the Physician Assistant program at Quinnipiac in 2006, she entered into the Yale University surgical residency for PAs, where she gained a higher level of surgical training and completed this certificate program in 2007. She has been a full time surgical PA at Griffin Hospital since completing her surgical residency training in 2007, and has had the opportunity to assist Bariatric surgeons and care for patients post-operatively during their hospitalization.
In addition to assisting surgeons in the operating room, her responsibilities include facilitating appropriate post-operative care, and helping patients recover and transition from the hospital to home. Jennifer understands the pre-operative and post-operative process that bariatric patients experience, and enjoys the opportunity to help take care of patients through their recovery.
Akiva Bronstein, PA-C
Akiva Bronstein, PA-C, graduated Touro College with a double major in psychology and liberal arts and sciences. Akiva moved on to Weill Cornell Medical College where he completed his Physician Assistant program at the top of his class. He has 13 years experience in all surgical specialties including 5 years of bariatric experience. He enjoys educating bariatric patients on both the pre-operative process as well as the post-operative experience.
When Akiva is not in the operating room or checking in on his patients you will find him enjoying the company of his wife and four children.
Kimberly Fisher is the Bariatric Care Specialist at Griffin Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from the University of New Hampshire and is a Certified Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches®. She has a passion for health and wellness, and empowering others to be successful with their lifestyle changes.
In her spare time you will find Kim out running, at a Yoga class, or at the beach with friends and family.
Larissa Zepko-March, RD, CD-N
Larissa is a registered dietitian at Griffin Hospital as well as New Milford Hospital. She holds a bachelor of science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Saint Joseph and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys meeting with the bariatric patients pre and post-op to discuss the challenges they face as they adjust their diet and lifestyle. On the weekends you will find Larissa enjoying time with her daughter and husband on their family’s farm in Northwestern CT.
Kate Kelley, RD, CD-N
Kate grew up in a small town in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. As a teenager, she developed a passion for running and found herself fascinated with food and nutrition. She attended the University of Connecticut where she pursued her passion and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics. As a Registered Dietitian, she enjoys working with members of the community to establish simple and realistic goals that will lead to healthier lifestyles.
Eunice Lisk, MS
Eunice is the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Griffin Hospital and coordinates the Bariatric Exercise Program. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Eunice’s experience includes almost 30 years in the health field, with over 10 years experience in Cardiology.
Ricky Le Pera
Ricky is an Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University. He completed his internship at Yale New Haven Hospital for Cardiac Rehab. In his spare time he plays ice hockey for a local men’s league and thoroughly enjoys personal fitness. He is 1 of 4 children in his household. Oddly enough, his siblings are triplets and he was born 2 years later on their birthday.